Second-generation racer Johnny Pluchino of Oakdale, NY continued his dominance of the Pro Outlaw 632 series in the PDRA Summer Nationals June 30 in Valdosta, GA.
Pluchino hit a top speed of 164.27 miles an hour in 4.322 seconds on the South Georgia Motorsports Park one-eighth mile drag strip for his third PDRA victory of the season in the Strutmasters.com machine with a 632 cubic engine, normally-aspirated engine.
Runner-up Chris Holdorf was faster (4.306 seconds and 166.68 mph). However, the Strutmasters.com driver gained a hole shot victory because of a superior reaction time at the starting line — just 0.046 seconds.
“The PDRA people are tired of me dominating, so they added another 50 pounds of weight to our car with absolutely no warning,” said Pluchino, the 2018 series champion. “I won my semi-final round by just one-thousandth of a second. Holdorf was faster than me in the finals, but we still won anyway.”
Pluchino pulling double duty
Pluchino pulled double duty in the searing Georgia heat that topped out at 95 degrees with high humidity. He drove a second entry in the Extreme Pro Stock division. However, the eventual Extreme winner Steven Boone of Weaverville, NC knocked him out in the first round.
Rain and storms delayed the races on Friday and Saturday. The weather pushed the final rounds to their rain date of Sunday, June 30.
“The heat and humidity was just brutal,” said Pluchino. “But taking a trophy home always makes it worth it. I know we couldn’t do it without great sponsors like Strutmasters.com, that is for sure.”